Friday 3 July 2020
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Wonky trailblazers in experimental rock music

If you want things experimental and really out there, the rule is to look towards Japan. In fact, you should look towards OOIOO (pronounced oh-oh-eye-oh-oh).

Formed in 1995 by Boredoms drummer and multi-instrumentalist Yoshimi as a fake band for a magazine photo shoot, OOIOO infamously played their first live gig in 1997 opening for Sonic Youth in Japan.

The all-female quartet fronted by Yoshimi on guitar and vocals has since grown into one of the most respected (and difficult to define) bands in experimental rock.

They go their own ways in the music scene. Wherever they feel like. At Roskilde Festival 2020, they are ready to unleash loads of trippy mantras, circular riffs and melodies and tribal drums.

OOIOO has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

After a six-year hiatus, the Japanese experimental masters return to the roots of being a four-piece band on the new album Nijimusi, recorded as a conventional rock ensemble – two guitars, bass and drums – and yet yielding unconventional sounds, typical of the group.

Drop by with an open mind and an adventurous eagerness for trippy experiments. OOIOO will treat you plenty at Roskilde Festival 2020. Their first show on Danish soil.